Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Santa Monica (File photo)

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Santa Monica (File photo)

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Santa Monica), an Energy and Commerce Committee ranking member, applauds a recent $3 million grant given to UCLA to study clean energy.

“I am proud that UCLA has one of the 33 cutting-edge energy projects recognized by the Department of Energy as potential breakthrough clean energy technologies,” he said. “These innovative projects will help the U.S. reassert leadership in the global clean energy technology arena. We must continue to invest in promising technologies and encourage our scientists and entrepreneurs in their efforts to boost innovation.”

The grant comes from the Advanced Research Projects Agency, an arm of the Department of Energy that serves as a think tank for emerging technology. The money will fund a project to convert methanol to butanol, which can be used by motor vehicles without emitting carbon dioxide.

The DOE awarded $66 million in grants for innovative energy technologies being developed throughout the country.